Defining the industry standard for public swimming pools has been a patchwork of local efforts resulting in over 256 separate codes impacting design, construction and operations. This fragmented process has resulted in conflicting regulations and the inability to create a dynamic best practices process for aquatic safety. The simple fact was that the aquatic industry was not doing a good job of providing the best possible information to keep pools safe and keep pools open.
In 2007, with seed money from the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) began to develop a Model Aquatic Health Code that is user-friendly, knowledge-based and scientifically supported with the goal to reduce risk and promote healthy water recreation experiences.
Since that time, 14 separate modules have been developed, posted for public comment, refined, and now knitted together into one comprehensive document. This complete version was released for public comment on March 28, 2014. If you are an aquatic industry professional, I strongly urge you to take the time to review the material and provide your feedback. This is critical to the success of the pool industry.
Comments are due by May 27, 2014.